Sunday, January 13, 2013

If you want a non-annoying inspirational poster, make it yourself.

I was a regular contributor to Apartment Therapy for a few years, and I was there when the typographical poster wave started to crest. (I remember the very first time I saw a "Keep calm and carry on" poster. My reaction: "Oh, shit. This is going to be big.")

The wave almost sucked me under, but I escaped just in time. As a result, I now have a bit of a love/hate relationship with inspirational quotes as art, though I could be swayed by the right inspirational quote (in other words, a quote of my own choosing).

So I was pretty pleased when I came across Recite This, an online tool that lets you input your own favourite quote and then apply any one of a number of templates to it. Here's what I came up with, using one of my favourite quotes from one of my favourite twentieth-century writers:

Some days I need this reminder. I really do. 


Kangarara said...

I love that quote. It's on the same level of inspiration for me as the one from Harvey: ""In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant." Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me."

Kangarara said...

(On the "keep calm & carry on" front, I have a coffee mug with that on it at work. A younger guy asked me what it was - he'd seen it & riffs on it in various contexts. I start explaining that it was inspirational propaganda by the British Government during the war when I remember that this guy is about a 24 yr old German. I stumbled for a minute but kept going #dontMentionTheWar)

Tammy said...

Oh! I haven't watched Harvey in years and years. Thanks for the reminder, Kangarara. Must re-watch soon!

Shona said...

I love "be kind, for everyone you meet is carrying a heavy burden". It's commonly ascribed to Plato, but I'm pretty sure it's not a Plato quote.

Oh, and I LOVE Harvey!

pooj said...

I spent many hours trying to find the recite website a few weeks ago; my google fu was just fail that day! thanks for this!